BevLow sweeps, Post 64 triumphs
Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 saved its best for last in Sunday afternoon’s trifecta versus Meigs Post 39 and Marietta Post 64 at Legion Field.
Beverly/Lowell scored all six of their runs in the middle game in the final three innings and held on for a 6-5 win over Meigs before scoring 13 times in it’s final two at-bats to down Marietta 13-3 in the nightcap.
Marietta bested Meigs 5-1 in the opener.
The state runner-ups from last season pounded out 15 basehits but could not come up with the clutch one they needed to put Meigs away as they stranded 12 runners and left the bases loaded twice in the first five innings.
Run scoring basehits by Tyler Bradford and Brett Gandee broke open a scoreless game in the fifth inning and a sacrifice fly by Tate Engle gave B/L a 3-0 lead heading to the bottom of the sixth.
Bev/Low starting pitcher Conner Counterman had not allowed a single basehit entering to the bottom of the sixth but Meigs strung together six consecutive basehits off of Counterman and reliever Brett Gandee to tie the game at 3-3.
Key hits for Meigs included bases loaded RBI singles Kyler Morrow and Hunter Blaine.
Gandee collected his third hit of the game to lead off the top of the seventh and one out later moved to second on Nate Brothers third knock of the game.
Mason Long walked to load the bases and one out later Seth Dennis delivered the blow of the game when he doubled down the left field line to clear the bases and give B/L a 6-3 lead.
A double by Cooper Peters and basehits by Wes Smith and Morrow brought Meigs to within one before Gandee recovered to fan the final two hitters to preserve the win.
Marietta, which got solid pitching in the opener from Mike Reeder and Derek Duckworth and basehits by Jarrett Jackson, Jake Rose and Justin Thompson, were hoping to notch their second win of the day in the night cap against B/L.
Starting pitchers Kurt Taylor for B/L and Foster Brand for Marietta took turns putting zeroes on the board before Beverly/Lowell got untracked in the bottom of the fourth.
Caldwell’s Kam Hesson delivered the big blow with a two-run single as Post 389/750 scored five times.
Marietta answered with a three spot in the top of the fifth.
Joe Zimmer got things started with one out with a double to centerfield and after Duckworth walked and Dakota Miller singled to load the bases, catcher Carter Dennis singled up the middle to plate a pair of runs.
Miller scored on a Beverly/Lowell throwing error to cut the lead to 5-3 heading to the last of the fifth.
The Beverly/Lowell bats exploded in the last of the fifth off of reliever Jared Richards as they pounded out six basehits and scored eight times with a two-run single by Clayton Cook extending the lead to ten and bringing the game to an early end.
Beverly/Lowell head coach Todd Engle felt fortunate to get out of Marietta with a pair of wins against a pair of teams he feels will be very good this season.
“We were moving a lot of runners and had a lot of opportunities in the first game but couldn’t capitalize until late,” said Engle. “Both Meigs and Marietta are both good baseball teams who may have been a little shorthanded and still had us on our heels. Some credits got to go to our kids for battling back. It’s always good to get a couple of wins.”
The two wins improve Beverly/Lowell’s season mark to 4-0 while Marietta find’s itself 2-2 after it’s first four games.
“Sometimes you’ve got to outplay your mistakes and we weren’t able to do that in game two,” said Post 64 head coach Larry Hiser. “That’s a good rivalry game and gets the blood boiling a bit and makes it fun to play.”